A 55,800-square-foot expansion project for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman, Ohio has recently been completed. The expansion creates a new front door to Building A and to the campus itself, as well as consolidates services previously offered at other locations in the community. The project team includes Hasenstab Architects and Murphy Contracting Company.
The addition includes 47 new exam rooms universally designed to accommodate both visiting specialists and full-time practices. The design was tested through full-scale cardboard mock-ups by all specialties to address patient, family and staff needs.
Branding elements from the Kay Jewelers Pavilion project were implemented into the new addition to create continuity between the campuses, but with a different theme to reflect the community Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley serves. The “re-connecting to nature” theme incorporates butterflies, birds and turtles to create a brightly colored space for children to explore. Graphics, pictures, textiles and signs offer opportunities for education, wayfinding and positive distraction. Materials emulate wood, water and other natural elements – connecting the interior to nature.